Sunday, May 26

6:00pm–9:00pm Caleb & Co. Connection Dinner

Monday, May 27

8:30am–12:00am International Ministries Pre-Council
1:00pm–6:00pm Council Registration & Information
1:00pm–5:00pm Board Of Directors Meeting
1:30pm–6:00pm International Ministries Pre-Council
6:00pm Committee Officers Meeting

Tuesday, May 28

8:00am–7:00pm Council Registration & Information
8:30am–12:00pm International Ministries Pre-Council
8:30am–11:30am Church Ministries — EquippingU Pre-Council

Attendees choose one track:

Track 1: Developing Multi-Cultural Churches led by Bryan Loritts

 Church ministry in the United States is increasingly happening among multi-ethnic communities and for Alliance churches to remain relevant will require a refocused ministry to remain effective in outreach to surrounding neighborhoods. Bryan Loritts serves as lead pastor at Abundant Life Christian Fellowship of Silicon Valley, California. He is founder of the Kainos Movement - an organization committed to seeing the multi-ethnic church become the new normal in our world.

Track 2: Leading Revitalization in the Local Church led by Dr. Thom Rainer

 Too high of a percentage of our Alliance churches are plateaued or declining. Their leaders need to be encouraged and equipped to pave the way for turnaround that results in people in their communities coming to know Jesus and being assimilated into the church. A foremost expert in what it takes to turn around plateaued and declining churches, Dr. Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, will speak from his experience and research as he shares practical principles for leading church revitalization.

Track 3: Establishing a Church Multiplication DNA led by Rev. Matt Hannan

 One of the most effective ways to win and disciple people for Christ is by planting new churches. This track will inspire church leaders to consider planting other churches and present practical steps churches need to take to prepare to multiply. Rev. Matt Hannan leads New Heights Church in Portland, Oregon’s multiplying church. He hopes to see more and more of our churches tap into their church-planting DNA.

9:00am–12:00pm Board of Directors Meeting
12:00pm–1:15pm Church Ministries Pre-Council Lunch
12:00pm–2:00pm IW Retiree Luncheon
1:30pm–4:00pm EquippingU Plenary Session

Racial Reconciliation led by Bryan Loritts

The gospel proclamation includes addressing issues of injustice among the diverse communities in the cities and neighborhoods where Alliance churches are seeking to fulfill the Great Commission. Bryan Loritts, (who also leads Morning Track 1), will share his insights on what the gospel means for issues related to racial reconciliation to help us engage God and others well.

4:15pm–5:15pm "Never Been to Council" Come Here!
6:00pm–9:00pm Children's Ministry

Children's Ministry-Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to enjoy an experience designed just for them. During nine designated kids’ sessions, they’ll worship God as they explore this year’s theme. They’ll sing, play, read God’s Word, and interact with one another through games, object lessons, and small-group activities. The children’s ministry team will be led by Jaimee Sulle and ministry partners from the Alliance Southeast District.

6:45pm–8:45pm Tuesday Evening Service
9:00pm–10:30pm Funding Ministry Ice Cream Reception—Jeremy Malick

Considering a campaign? Raising funds for your ministry? Don’t miss this event!

9:00pm–10:30pm Rocky Mountain District Reception
9:00pm–10:00pm Council Registration & Information

Wednesday, May 29

7:00am–8:30am Eastern Pennsylvania District Breakfast
8:30am–11:45am Children's Ministry

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to enjoy an experience designed just for them. During nine designated kids’ sessions, they’ll worship God as they explore this year’s theme. They’ll sing, play, read God’s Word, and interact with one another through games, object lessons, and small-group activities. The children’s ministry team will be led by Jaimee Sulle and ministry partners from the Alliance Southeast District.

8:30am–7:00pm Council Registration & Information
9:00am–11:30am Wednesday Morning President's Report
12:15pm–1:30pm Alliance Theological Seminary Alumni & Friends Luncheon
1:30pm–4:30pm Wednesday Business Session
5:00pm–6:30pm Nyack College Alumni & Friends Dinner
6:00pm–9:00pm Children's Ministry

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to enjoy an experience designed just for them. During nine designated kids’ sessions, they’ll worship God as they explore this year’s theme. They’ll sing, play, read God’s Word, and interact with one another through games, object lessons, and small-group activities. The children’s ministry team will be led by Jaimee Sulle and ministry partners from the Alliance Southeast District.

6:45pm–8:45pm Wednesday Evening Service
9:00pm–10:30pm Mid-Atlantic District Dessert
9:00pm–10:30pm Southwestern District Reception
9:00pm–10:30pm Alliance in Chile 121st Anniversary Celebration
9:00pm–10:30pm Crown College Ice Cream Reception

Thursday, May 30

7:00am–8:30am marketplace ministries of The Alliance Breakfast
7:00am–8:30am MidAmerica District Breakfast (District Family Only)
8:30am–7:00pm Council Registration & Information
8:30am–11:45am Children's Ministry

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to enjoy an experience designed just for them. During nine designated kids’ sessions, they’ll worship God as they explore this year’s theme. They’ll sing, play, read God’s Word, and interact with one another through games, object lessons, and small-group activities. The children’s ministry team will be led by Jaimee Sulle and ministry partners from the Alliance Southeast District.

9:00am–11:30am Thursday Morning President's Report
1:30pm–4:30pm Thursday Business Session
5:00pm–6:30pm Alliance Peacemaking Dinner
5:00pm–6:30pm Association of African-American Pastors, Consecrated Women, and Licensed Official Workers Dinner
5:00pm–6:30pm Spanish Eastern District Dinner
6:00pm–9:00pm Children's Ministry

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to enjoy an experience designed just for them. During nine designated kids’ sessions, they’ll worship God as they explore this year’s theme. They’ll sing, play, read God’s Word, and interact with one another through games, object lessons, and small-group activities. The children’s ministry team will be led by Jaimee Sulle and ministry partners from the Alliance Southeast District.

6:45pm–8:45 pm Thursday Evening Service
9:00pm–10:30pm Metro District Reception
9:00pm–10:30pm Multicultural Ministries Reception
9:00pm–10:30pm The Alliance Southeast District Reception
9:00pm–10:30pm Alliance New England District Reception
9:00pm–10:30pm Western Pennsylvania District Reception
9:00pm–10:30pm cmalliancekids Reception
9:00pm–10:30pm Midwest District Reception (Midwest District Families & IWs Only)
9:00pm–10:30pm Northeastern District Reception
9:00pm–10:30pm Africa Region Ice Cream Social
9:00pm–10:30pm Central Pacific District Reception
9:00pm–10:30pm Central District Reception

Friday, May 31

7:00am–8:30am CAMA Breakfast
8:30am–11:45am Children's Ministry

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to enjoy an experience designed just for them. During nine designated kids’ sessions, they’ll worship God as they explore this year’s theme. They’ll sing, play, read God’s Word, and interact with one another through games, object lessons, and small-group activities. The children’s ministry team will be led by Jaimee Sulle and ministry partners from the Alliance Southeast District.

8:30am–11:00am Council Registration & Information for Accredited Delegates

On-site registration for Accredited Delegates will remain open until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Registration Booth in the Orlando World Center Marriott. Any delegate who wishes to vote in the general election must register by this date and time.

9:00am–10:15am Friday Morning President's Report
10:30am–12:00pm Breakthrough Prayer for Your Church and Family

Do you desire to see a growing spirit of prayer in The Alliance that results in increased spiritual authority and power? In this seminar we will learn to exercise our authority in prayer and access the power of God’s Spirit to make a difference in our lives and world.  

10:30am–12:00pm A Look BEYOND the Traditional Retirement Mindset

Learn about lesser known yet critical tools available through the C&MA and the marketplace to better prepare you for retirement. Utilizing our financial tool kit well doesn’t mean we’re mentally prepared for retirement if we ignore the question: What will my purpose be when I have no structure in place? Join us as we unpack some common retiree mistakes and learn how to plan proactively for this new season of life.

10:30am–12:00pm Church Resources to Help Grow Your Budget

Does your church seem unable to financially resource your vision? This seminar—an open forum with Alliance partners who will provide “Ted Talk”—like overviews of resources available to the Alliance at discounted prices —will help your church improve its financial health by growing revenues, decreasing expenses and setting aside appropriate ministry reserves. Topics include:

  • On-line and Electronic Giving
  • Customized Church App
  • Church Payroll
  • Audio Worship
  • Office Needs (telephone, mobile, computer purchases and internet)
  • Free Church Governing and Financial Guidelines
Ideal for pastors, treasurers, and district and church administrators.

10:30am–12:00pm A Gospel-Centered Church / Una Iglesia Centrada en el Evangelio

In this seminar you’ll learn about the urgent need to refocus local church ministry on proclaiming and living out the good news to attract and transform the lives of those previously unreached. You’ll leave understanding why the gospel-centered church is the voice of God, clearly proclaiming His love to people of all ages; the medium by which God’s love is better understood in all its implications; and the incarnation of God’s grace in its multiple expressions—here, there, and everywhere.

En este seminario aprenderá acerca de la necesidad urgente de reenfocar el ministerio de la iglesia local hacia proclamar y vivir las buenas nuevas para atraer y transformar las vidas de aquellos que no fueron alcanzados anteriormente. Entenderá por qué la iglesia centrada en el evangelio es la voz de Dios, proclamando claramente su amor a personas de todas las edades; el medio por el cual el amor de Dios se entiende mejor en todas sus implicaciones; y la encarnación de la gracia de Dios en sus múltiples expresiones: aquí, allá y en todo lugar.

10:30am–12:00pm Alliance Missions Network

An opportunity for district and church missions mobilizers, advocates, and committee leaders to share experiences, best practices, and effective tools to deepen U.S. church engagement with Alliance missions. Explore new, innovative ways to spread the gospel overseas, including via marketplace and industry endeavors as well as through relief and development and health-care initiatives.

10:30am–12:00pm Moving Beyond Fear and Comfort in Ministry

Learn from a veteran international worker who has successfully overcome fear to step out of her comfort zone in cross-cultural ministry. Attendees will hear moving stories, receive practical suggestions, and be challenged to understand the call to “love your enemies” and “do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27). Each participant will have opportunity to identify and reflect upon circumstances in which these principles can be applied to move beyond homogenous ministry experiences.

10:30am–12:00pm Spiritual Gifts: Tools for Building the Kingdom

Learn practical tools for how to build a “developmental incubator” in the local church to launch people into gift-based ministry—both inside and outside the church.

12:00pm–2:00pm Prayer and Fasting
2:00pm–3:30pm Friday Business Session and Election
3:45pm–5:00pm Redemption Stories from the World’s Marketplaces

Alliance marketplace ministries staff share stories of redemption in venues beyond traditional missionary-service contexts. Learn how the marketplaces of commerce and industry as well as health care present innovative avenues through which the gospel is traveling to the ends of the earth.

3:45pm–5:00pm Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us

From his new book, Reforesting Faith, Dr. Matthew Sleeth will share why trees are essential to our understanding of God and the future of the Church. Join him as he explores the future of missions and ministry through the trail of trees in Scripture. Once you discover the hidden language of trees, your walk through the woods—and through Scripture—will never be the same.

3:45pm–5:00pm The New Face of Alliance Missions: Embracing and Leveraging Multiple Specializations

Alliance ministries around the world are increasingly broad and diverse. International Ministries’ structures must leverage more skill sets to serve more needs in ways that align with our Alliance calling. Added ministries and structures call for new systems of leadership and language about missions as well as changes that simplify how we fund the work. This seminar builds upon the President’s Report, unpacking details about this new day in Alliance missions.

3:45pm–5:00pm Legal and Cultural Developments that Impact Your Church

The world is changing more rapidly than perhaps any time in history, requiring an up-to-date report on the latest legal, cultural, and political issues impacting the local U.S. church. Learn practical strategies to help keep you “on mission” and remain confident in God’s unstoppable Kingdom.

3:45pm–5:00pm Best Practices to Improve the Financial Health of Your Congregation, Church Leaders, and Pastor’s Family

Increase your congregation’s Acts 1:8 impact to help complete the Great Commission. Learn how God provides when the paycheck isn’t big enough and how to grow givers and giving—in any size church anywhere. Attendees will receive free access to four grant-funded resources addressing financial health and how to develop transformational givers.

3:45pm–5:00pm Grit and Grace: Leading as a Woman

This seminar is designed to practically equip consecrated women in ministry to maximize their credibility and promote diversity. We will also discuss how to navigate some of the dynamics unique to women in ministry. Women on the consecration track or licensed and headed toward consecration with The Alliance will also benefit from this session.

3:45pm–5:00pm When Discipleship Is Beyond Me

Why am I afraid of and not drawn to discipleship? What is preventing me from actively participating in the spiritual growth of another? This session will awaken you to God’s discipleship in your life. You will also be equipped and challenged to move beyond where you are, inspired to follow God’s calling on your life—to walk alongside and encourage others in their relationships with Christ.

3:45pm–5:00pm Lifelong Discipleship

Did you know your concept of God was largely formed by age five? Learn why it’s impossible to address discipleship without thinking about the importance of children and their experiences. Whether you work with kids, teens, or adults, this seminar will provide you proven, practical tools, ideas, and stories—for discipleship that lasts a lifetime.

6:00pm–9:00pm Children's Ministry

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to enjoy an experience designed just for them. During nine designated kids’ sessions, they’ll worship God as they explore this year’s theme. They’ll sing, play, read God’s Word, and interact with one another through games, object lessons, and small-group activities. The children’s ministry team will be led by Jaimee Sulle and ministry partners from the Alliance Southeast District.

6:45pm–8:45pm Friday Evening Service
9:00pm–10:30pm Church Planters Ice Cream Reception
9:00pm–10:30pm Spanish Eastern District—Entremeses

Saturday, June 1

8:30am–2:00pm Council Registration & Information
9:00am–11:45am Children's Ministry

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to enjoy an experience designed just for them. During nine designated kids’ sessions, they’ll worship God as they explore this year’s theme. They’ll sing, play, read God’s Word, and interact with one another through games, object lessons, and small-group activities. The children’s ministry team will be led by Jaimee Sulle and ministry partners from the Alliance Southeast District.

9:30am–11:30am Beyond Today
1:30pm–3:00pm For Pastors’ Wives Only: A Transparent Look at Being Married to a Pastor

A panel will discuss topics from a survey taken among Alliance pastors’ wives from across the United States. We will address practical concerns as well as heart issues pastors’ wives face during various stages of life and ministry. Attendees will receive helpful, biblical encouragement and perspective and are sure to walk out of this session feeling loved, understood, and challenged to continue ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit.

1:30pm–3:00pm Three Strategic Paths for Onboarding the Next Generation into the Local Church

Evidence suggests a growing cultural disconnect between Boomers, Millennials, and now Generation Z. In response, we must clarify our expectations for local church engagement, call our people to personal responsibility, and incorporate all generations into leadership based on giftings. Learn three pathways to produce vibrant, intergenerational communities of faith that will accelerate local church impact.

1:30pm–3:00pm Biblical Stewardship—Beyond the Norm

Although Christian stewardship is a familiar topic, it’s much more than pastors simply encouraging their people to tithe from their finances. This seminar will open pastors’ eyes to new opportunities for generosity and how they can encourage their people to pursue them. We will also explore how churches can steward their buildings to increase local gospel impact.

1:30pm–3:00pm Re-Envisioning Short-Term Missions

Short-term missions has a direct, strategic relationship to long-term Alliance missions. We can have greater ministry impact as we align short-term trips in context, which also cultivate missional life among churches and individuals within our Alliance family.

1:30pm–3:00pm International Worker Speed Meet

This is a great way to be begin new relationships with overseas staff who may be visiting your church for Missions Emphasis events this year. A Council-session favorite!

1:30pm–3:00pm Living 24/6 in a 24/7 World

Feeling frazzled? Chronically stressed? Don’t have enough time for the things that really matter? Matthew Sleeth, MD, shares how his family members were dramatically transformed when they began adopting Sabbath practices. He unpacks how our lives can be enriched—physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually—by developing a 24/6 lifestyle. Participants will leave the workshop with an individual Sabbath Living Plan as well as a free 24/6 small-group leader’s kit, including DVD.

1:30pm–3:00pm Pastoral Work in Uncertain Times

As a Christian leader, how do you effectively lead your people in a cultural landscape that often looks more like a burned field than a ripe harvest? What should pastoral ministry look like in a society where the Church’s voice is being marginalized? In this seminar, we will address these questions, sharing how to move beyond the status quo and empower the local church to recover its cultural relevance.

1:30pm–3:00pm When Church Is No Longer Safe

Learn how Alliance churches can respond wisely in a world where violence has entered the church building. Alliance legal counsel will provide a practical, Christ-centered strategy to prepare your church to address this new reality, introducing new C&MA safety and security team guidelines.

1:30pm–3:00pm Building a Culture of Peace within Your Church and Missions Team

Encouraging your congregation to address conflict differently from the world requires an intentional discipleship process of helping shape God’s people more into Jesus’ image. Join us in learning the “why” and “how” of building a culture of peace in your church or missions team to biblically respond to the conflict that will inevitably arrive on your doorstep.

1:30pm–3:00pm Women in Ministry: Strengthening Your Leadership Voice

A panel of four key Alliance women leaders will share their stories and discuss leadership-development pathways to help women live out their unique callings and expand their influence. Leadership principles will include developing emotional resiliency and learning to lead from the “second chair.” Attendees will have self-assessment opportunities to identify and release them into church ministry positions.  

1:30pm–3:00pm Race, Culture, and the Kingdom of God

A panel composed of key Christian leaders and members of the Commission on Diversity and Cultural Inclusion will discuss the status of race and diversity in our society. They will focus on how these issues affect the U.S. church and what it looks like for Kingdom people to move beyond the world’s tensions and pursue partnership and racial unity within our Christ-centered, Acts 1:8 family.

3:30pm–5:00pm Puerto Rico District Reception
6:00pm–9:00pm Children's Ministry

Children ages 5 through 11 are invited to enjoy an experience designed just for them. During nine designated kids’ sessions, they’ll worship God as they explore this year’s theme. They’ll sing, play, read God’s Word, and interact with one another through games, object lessons, and small-group activities. The children’s ministry team will be led by Jaimee Sulle and ministry partners from the Alliance Southeast District.

7:00pm–8:45pm Saturday Evening Service

Sunday, June 2

7:00am–9:00am Board of Directors Meeting
10:00am–11:45am Missionary Rally
6:00pm–9:00pm Alliance Chaplains Banquet